Chamber Wednedays

Embrace the winter season with OperaUpClose’s candlelit chamber concert at the atmospheric Old Church arts centre in Stoke Newington.

This seasonal concert features soprano Sarah Minns (roles for OperaUpClose include Elle La Voix Humaine and Musetta La Bohème), actor Adam Best and harpist Mary Reid, in a programme ranging from Handel and Bellini to Copland and Britten, with some poetry and festive favourites along the way.

Exploring the themes of winter and hibernation, this inventive programme combines songs for soprano and harp with poetry by Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson, read by Adam Best, an acclaimed actor whose recent credits include Twelfth Night and The Silver Tassieat the National Theatre and Lions & Tigers Shakespeare's Globe.

The Programme

Handel 'Oh Sleep, why dost though leave me' from Semele 
 Poems of Emily Dickinson (excerpts)
 Hermit Songs Op.29 (excerpts)
 Music for solo harp 
 Maconchy Ophelia’s Song
 'Eccomi in lieta vesta' from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
 Interlude from A Ceremony of Carols

plus music by Rubbra, Gurney, Reger & Thomas Chevis

The Performers

Sarah Minns
For OperaUpClose: Elle La Voix Humaine (Kings Place), Ulla Ulla's Odyssey (UK Tour), and Musetta La Bohème (Soho Theatre, UK Tour) 

Sarah Minns trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her operatic career began at 18 years old when she created the role of Verity for the world premiere of Jago by Mike Westbrook (broadcast on BBC Radio 3). Sarah works frequently with national companies including Opera North, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera Rara & the BBC.

Mary Reid

OperaUpClose début. 

With a varied musical appetite, Mary performs as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral harpist, and in the community. She has a passion for giving recitals that showcase the harp’s full potential, especially in rural communities, and previous performances include Ripon Cathedral, Isle of Arran Music, the Bowes Museum, Holkham Hall, Hove Music Society, and the Brantwood Young Artist Series as well as at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Moscow Russian Harp Festival. Her discography includes a solo performance on Paul Patterson’s music for harp and a CD of German chamber works conducted by Trevor Pinnock. Mary has been concerto soloist with the Kingston Chamber Players, the Dacorum Symphony Orchestra, the Thames Consort, St Cecilia Orchestra in Yorkshire and the Vacation Chamber Orchestra playing works by Handel, Debussy, Mozart and Rodrigo. Freelance orchestral work has recently included performances with the Royal Opera House, Opera North, the Hallé, London Mozart Players, English Touring Opera, the Gabrieli Consort, CBSO, Northern Ballet, RSNO at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the BBC Proms.

Adam Best

OperaUpClose début. 

Recent stage credits include Tom The Girl on the Train (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Brack Hedda Gabler (National Theatre UK tour), Swann / Colonel Davis Lions & Tigers (Shakespeare’s Globe), Antonio Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Captain Brennan The Plough and the Stars (National Theatre), Raskolnikov Crime & Punishment (Glasgow Citizens, Liverpool Everyman). Television includes Doctors, Silent Witness, Waking the Dead and Holby City.


Wednesday 5 December

The Old Church
Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 9ES


in advance £12 unreserved | £16 reserved
on the door £16 unreserved

£5 tickets are available for Unwaged/Jobseekers, please call 0203 176 7823 to book your ticket. You must bring ID along with you. 

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Closest stations: Stoke Newington Overground (15 min walk), Manor Station Underground (20 min walk). Bus: The 393 route runs past The Old Church. The 73, 476, 141 and 341 routes run nearby.